We seldom watch this made-for-TV movie, even though it does star Fred Astaire, because it’s a bit of a sappy movie, but since the theme for 2022 is Christmas in New York, we had to add this because it was shot in New York and covers so much of the city, from Central Park South to Greenwich Village.
A mysterious costume shop proprietor rents a Santa Claus suit to three different people (a frazzled political consultant, a homeless alcoholic, and a math teacher in love with a beautiful model but who doesn’t have the nerve to propose. The Santa Claus suit ends up changing the lives of each of them on Christmas Eve.
NEW YORK CONNECTION
Most of the film was shot in New York, so you will see plenty of Midtown landmarks in the background.
It all takes place on Christmas Eve, and Santa suits are everywhere.
Gary Burghoff from M*A*S*H (both TV series and movie) is one of the featured actors. John Byner was better known for his comic impersonations on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show.
Nanette Fabrey appeared in the movie version of The Band Wagon with Fred Astaire.
WHY WE LOVE THIS MOVIE
Fred Astaire, New York, and Santa suits. We watched this film the evening after we rode the Santa Train in Dillwyn.